Here are some pictures from the 'Free Leonard' march and rally. After going to my Washington precinct caucus yesterday (I'm a Democrat delegate?! eww...), I decided to stay true to my roots and go be an activist with the people at the annual Peltier gathering in Tacoma.
On the surface, it is said that we gathered to support Leonard's freedom and denounce his incarceration; but there was more to the gathering in the larger sense. A political prisoner, especially an indigenous one, is merely a symptom of a society locked in a military/oil/prison/auto-industrial-complex/police state; and indigenous people have been experiencing this imperialistic intrusion and invasion since "pre-history." We recognize the broken promises of the United 'Snakes' of America, and yesterday's movement was not a reactionary response, but instead a proactive networking and gathering: a solid stance of indigenous sovereignty that has never and will never fully be conquered, a force of strong family that is evolving while retaining the teachings of the distant past.
The first few pictures are of the march in the distance on Puyallup Ave and Puyallup ancestral (and reservation treaty right?) lands. They come into view, followed by a shiny and flashy police escort. Drumming, chanting, they are a small group, but packed as much spirit and power as any WTO/IMF/WB ever has, and without tear gas!
The group walked to the Courthouse in Tacoma, where a PA system was awaiting powerful speakers. Offerings were given and the ceremony opened with the Aztec dancers, the traditional bursting into the present.
Finally, you'll see a picture of people swarming around the Tacoma Dome. This was not the Peltier group! There was a huge public send-off for military youngsters getting hauled away to Iraq. On my way to the Peltier Rally, I took a wrong turn on my bike and saw the massive amounts of people going to the worship the altar of death that the Peltier folks are working to decolonize.
Enjoy! You can email me if you want more pictures or video from the march and rally!